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Staff Directory

Stanley Van Horn, Ph.D.


Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Thesis: Linguistic Creativity and Professional Discourse Strategies: an intercultural perspective
M.A., Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.S., Linguistics, B.S., French, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
Year of study abroad at the Université de Fribourg, Switzerland


Applied linguistics for language learning, English for Academic and Specific Purposes, Intensive English program administration, World Englishes, Cross-cultural communication, Business and professional Communication, Discourse analysis of oral and written genres, Pacific island literatures in English.


David S. Martins & Stanley Van Horn.  "I am No Longer Sure This Serves Our Students Well: Redesigning FYW to Prepare Students for Transnational Literacy Realities"  in The internationalization of US Writing Programs, edited by Shirley K. Rose and Irwin Weiser.  Logan: Utah State University Press,  2018, pp. 151-167.

"World Englishes and Global Commerce" in The Handbook of World Englishes, edited by Braj B. Kachru, Yamuna Kachru and Cecil L. Nelson. Oxford, UK: Blackwell, 2006, pp. 620-642.

"Symposium on Ethics, Ideology and world Englishes: Introduction" in World Englishes 22:3, August 2003, pp. 215-216. Guest-editor of this symposium.

"Creativity and Ideology in Maori Literature in English" in Three Circles of English. edited by Edwin Thumboo. Singapore: UniPress, National University of Singapore, 2001, pp. 159-177.

"Linguistics, TESL, and Language Planning in Micronesia" in Literacy and Writing Systems in Asia. Special issue of Studies in the Linguistics Sciences 30:1, November 2000, pp. 185-200.

"Genre, Register and Sociolinguistics" in World Englishes 16:3, November 1997, pp. 321-336.

Joshua Snyder
Associate Director for Student Engagement

Raised in Buffalo, NY, Joshua Snyder completed a Bachelor's degree in Spanish and Language and Literature from Buffalo State College, which included a year abroad at the University of Chile. After a year of teaching English to immigrants and refugees in Buffalo and to businesspeople at the Canadian-Chilean Centre in Santiago, Chile, he went on to get a Master's degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University at Buffalo.

He spent two years teaching English at the University at Buffalo's English Language Institute and its twinning program with Stamford College in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. After this, Mr. Snyder went to South Korea, where he taught for three years at the University of Ulsan and for eleven at the Pohang University of Science and Technology. He joined RIT's English Language Center in 2011.

Mr. Snyder's interests include cross-cultural communication and English for Academic Purposes, especially in the sciences, as well as American studies and Western New York history and culture.

Kristine Mook
Associate Director for Curriculum and Instruction

Kristine Mook holds a Bachelor's degree in International Relations and a Master's degree in TESOL from Syracuse University. She began her teaching career at the English Language Center in Syracuse University. She then taught Freshman Composition at Elmira College and was the Director of Instruction of the English Language and American Culture Institute at Elmira College for a summer. In 1990, Kristine spent three months teaching English to Ukrainian refugees.

Kristine has been teaching at the English Language Center, R.I.T for over twenty years. In addition to teaching, Kristine is also the Assessment Coordinator and Scheduling Officer for the ELC. She enjoys getting to know the students from different cultures and participating in off-campus activities with the ELC students.

Irina Malova-Parker
Specialist in Applied Linguistics

Irina Parker received a Bachelor's degree in TESOL and a Master's degree in Linguistics from the Moscow Pedagogical University, Russia in conjunction with the University of Surrey, the U.K. Prior to working at the English Language Center, Mrs. Parker worked in Cambodia and Russia. In Cambodia, she taught in the International School of Phnom Penh. In Russia, Mrs. Parker worked at the Moscow Pedagogical University and served as vice principal of the British International School. Her interests are languages, cultures, and music (singing).

Ricardo Ribeiro
Specialist in Applied Linguistics

Ricardo Ribeiro grew up in São Paulo, Brazil but received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from American Universities. Ricky, as he prefers to be called, is passionate about English Language and Culture teaching as well as friendship building. He holds a Master’s degree in second language teaching and has been sharing his knowledge and experiences with a variety of students from all over the world for over 15 years. As a seasoned teacher, Ricky has taught English and presented conferences in Brazil, the United States, South Korea, Malaysia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Hong Kong, and China. Ricky is interested in culture teaching, American pop culture, cross-cultural studies, and the use of humor in language teaching. In his free time, Ricky enjoys playing his guitar and swimming.  Ricky has a Masters in Second Language Teaching from Utah State University and a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Brigham Young University Hawaii.

Michael Winans, Ph.D.
Specialist in Applied Linguistics


PhD: Linguistics and Applied Linguistics; Arizona State University

            Dissertation: Professionalization in Second Language Teacher Education

            Graduate Certificate: Computer-Assisted Language Learning

MA: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL); California State University, Sacramento

            Graduate Certificate: Teaching Composition

BA: Political Science; University of Nevada, Las Vegas

            Minor: Spanish; Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica



Dr. Winans has taught a range of Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, TESOL, and English-language courses. His expertise is in computer-assisted language learning, built on a foundation of second language acquisition, which assures that students will be exposed to the tools, skills, and perspectives required to support language learners in the 21st-century. He is invested in the success of students and the advancement of social justice along with the concomitant ideals of diversity, equity, and inclusion; to this point, his research focuses on the intersections of language and the internet in an environment where social inequities continue to develop in increasingly multicultural and technological societies. These issues are represented in the future of English as it pertains to globalization and the internet; the future life of language in the digital age.




Winans, M. D. Grammarly’s tone detector: Writing pragmatically appropriate emails. Special Issue on English medium instruction in transnational institutions. RELC Journal, 52(2), 348-352.


Winans, M. D., Romero Pino, B., & Zhang, X. Pandemic conferencing: Implications for future virtual exchange. AAALGrads Newsletter Spring 2021. American Association for Applied Linguistics.


Winans, M. D. Practical solutions for building community in online language classrooms. On CALL: The TESOL CALL-IS Newsletter, March 2021.

     Reprint In: English Teachers’ Association of Israel Forum, 32(1). 


Winans, M. D. Email requests: Politeness evaluations by instructors from diverse language backgrounds. Language Learning & Technology, 24(2), 104-118. 


Winans, M. D. Busuu language learning application: Language technology review. CALICO Journal, 37(1), 117-126.   


Winans, M. D. To have and to hold high expectations for student writing. In P. Quirke (Ed.) TESOL voices classroom series: Insider accounts of classroom life. Adult education vol. (pp. 51-56). TESOL Press.


Winans, M. D. Becoming a cultural informant for multilingual students: How schema affects understanding and writing. The tutoring book. California State University, Sacramento; Reading and Writing Center.

Karen J. Valentine
Senior Staff Assistant
Cheryl Zielinski
Senior Financial Assistant

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